Monday, May 25, 2015
Too smart for her own good
I just finished filling yet another one of Belle's bolt-holes under the fence with big rocks. This was a good hole, I have to admit. It took me quite a while to find it, and in the meantime, she was enjoying pretty much free reign of the adjoining woods and yards. This one was tough, too. I'd walked the pen line half a dozen times and not spotted it, because she'd just dug out enough under the bottom of the fence so that she could push the fence out when she wanted to leave, but absent the pushing on it, the fence just dropped back into it's normal straight alignment and I couldn't tell just walking past it, especially because there was a log on the other side of the fence (put there by me months ago specifically to prevent push-outs) but the log had moved back from the fence a bit, just enough to allow this particular push-out while also helping camouflage it wonderfully.
So I found this one the old-fashioned way: I walked up into the woods behind the pen, letting her see me. Then I called her. Sure enough...she went right to her escape hatch and came out to see me. So she got some petting and a cookie, and her latest hole got filled in with big rocks.
And as much as I appreciate the helpful advice offered be several of you to just bury the bottom of the fence, it's on very rocky terrain with lots of trees and tree roots added in, and a suitable fence-trench cannot be dug onto this ground. So the bottom of the fence necessarily sits on the ground, depending on tautness of the fence-line and rocks and logs along the lower edge to keep tunnelers at bay.
And to be fair, neither Murphy nor Lagniappe before him were diggers, so Belle represents a new sort of challenge here.
But Belle did get her comeuppance yesterday during another one of her excursions. I put the dogs out, had my breakfast, filled their dishes, and then brought them in for their breakfast. However, when I opened the door to the pen...just one dog was in the pen--Murphy--and Belle was sitting nicely just the other side of the fence, as if she expected me to just bring her dish out and reach over the fence to set it down in front of her. So I brought Murphy in, and Belle, knowing the game well, ran around to the kitchen door to be let in as well.
Belle. Went. Nuts.
Now Murphy's not stupid. He knows that she's going to get in sooner or later, and that when she does, she's going to kick his ass. So he takes one more mouthful and heads on over to his own dish and his breakfast.
I had to leave her out there for a few more seconds just to cool her down before I could bring her back in. There was no canine retaliation but hopefully she learned a thing or two about sneaking out before meals at least.